piero scaruffi, amateur human being
and professional free thinker, is also a:
received a degree in Mathematics (summa cum laude) in 1982 from
University of Turin, where he did work in General Theory of
For a number of years he was the head of the Artificial Intelligence Center
at Olivetti, based in Cupertino, California, and later joined IntelliCorp,
one of the earliest companies specializing in Artificial Intelligence.
He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and
research on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, has
lectured in three continents on
"The Nature of Mind" and
"History of Knowledge"
(most recently at U.C. Berkeley), and has
published a number of books as
well as hundreds of articles for magazines both in Italy and the U.S.
"Thinking About Thought" (2003) and
"The Nature of Consciousness" (2006)
are his most recent books on these subjects.
"Demystifying Machine Intelligence" (2013) is a book on Artificial Intelligence, the Singularity and the post-human condition.
The readers for one of his U.C. Berkeley courses were compiled in the eBook "A Brief History of Knowledge" (2011).
As a software consultant, he pioneered Internet applications,
Artificial Intelligence and Object-Orientated design in Silicon Valley.
He also co-wrote the first "History of Silicon Valley" to cover the century from the founding of Stanford University to the boom of social networking.
All along he has also continued writing
poetry both in Italian (for which he has been awarded several prizes) and in English (the latest poetry award was from Fog City Writers in 2007).
"Synthesis" (2009) collects poems and meditations.
He pioneered Internet-based journalism.
In 1985 he created his first e-zine, distributed by e-mail over the Internet.
Between 1986 and 1990 he created an online database, downloadable via ftp.
That database mutated into his own website in 1995:
He is probably more famous as a critic and historian of rock, jazz and avantgarde music. His main books on music are:
"A History of Rock and Dance Music" (2009),
"A History of Jazz Music 1900-2000" (2007),
"A History of Popular Music before Rock Music" (2007),
and a guide to avantgarde music (out of print and being revised on the website).
He also writes regularly about
He has organized several interdisciplinary cultural events in the Bay Area. The Leonardo Art Science Evenings (LASERs) started in january 2008. By 2012 LASERs were being held at University of San Francisco, Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley (all three chaired by him in person), UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA and in Washington DC at the National Academy of Science.
Stanford hosted an interdisciplinary panel with scientists, thinkers, innovators and artists that became the SMMMASH (Stanford Multimedia Multidisciplinary Meetings of the Arts, Sciences and Humanities) in 2012.
Also in 2012 Piero was invited to give the inaugural talk at San Jose State University's New Media Visionaries Speaker Sieries http://www.newmediavisionaries.org/_html/speak01.html
An avid traveler who spends months on the road,
piero had visited more than
150 countries of the world as of 2013.
Pictures of his travels have been published by magazines and used by the BBC in its series "Waking the Dead".
In 2012 he published two ebooks on the Visual Arts:
"A Visual History of the Visual Arts - Part 1: From Impressionism to Surrealism" and
"A Visual History of the Visual Arts - Part 2: From Abstract Art to Conceptual Art";
which were followed by
"A Visual History of the Visual Arts - Part 3: The Age of Globalization (2013).
He has been on the board of the art magazine "Leonardo" (MIT Press).
On 15 Oct 2006 the New York Times ran an interview with piero titled "The Greatest Website of all Times".
After TV's interview with piero
He has fought (and so far lost) a legal battle to have his bio removed from Wikipedia
(see Wikipedia as a Force of Evil).
piero is or has been a member of several humanitarian organizations, including
Amnesty International, Oxfam and Care. He is currently a member of the
Millennium Alliance for Humanity & the Biosphere
and of the Lifeboat Foundation.
(on a mountain in his favorite red pants)
(piero in Zambia)
(piero in Pt Reyes)